Late Goal Lifts Princeton over St. John's, 1-0|
Oct. 10, 2017
PRINCETON, N.J. - After 85 minutes of scoreless action at Roberts Stadium, Princeton's Jeremy Colvin broke the late deadlock and lifted the Tigers to a 1-0 victory over St. John's on Tuesday night.
Despite playing just 47 minutes, Harry Cooksley led the Red Storm (5-5-2, 2-1-1 BIG EAST) with seven shots on the evening, five of which were on target. The senior from London nearly knotted the contest at one aside with less than two minutes to go, but Princeton freshman Sam Morton turned away the point-blank try from just outside the six-yard box. Morton, who was making his first collegiate appearance against the Johnnies, stopped all six Red Storm tries on target.
The Tigers (3-6-2, 0-2 Ivy League) controlled the momentum in the early portion of the contest, registering the game's first four shots and a pair of corners in the opening six minutes of action.
Following their impressive early effort, the Tigers saw the Red Storm slowly start to take control over the next few minutes. By the end of the first half, the Johnnies owned a 6-4 advantage in shots, including a pair of dangerous tries on target by Cooksley, who entered the contest in the 28th minute.
The Red Storm continued to apply tremendous pressure following the intermission, but still proved unable to find the back of the net. Cooksley unleashed a brilliant try at the top right corner of the cage off a cross from Jack Shearer in the 66th minute, but Morton made an equally impressive stop to maintain the scoreless tie.
The two teams traded chances over the next few minutes before the Tigers broke through on Colvin's goal in the 85th.
With limited time left on the clock and in desperate need of the equalizer, the Red Storm nearly answered in the 89th, as a series of clever passes resulted in an open try for Cooksley just outside the six. The senior put a strong right-footed strike on the ball, but Morton came up big with the stop and all but secured the Princeton victory.
St. John's, who played its final non-conference match of the season against the Tigers, will return to action at Belson Stadium on Saturday evening, playing host to Marquette in a 5:30 tilt.